Day 1 and #Whole30 Braised Chicken and Mushrooms (Low Carb and Paleo)

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Time to start another Whole30! I cut out sweeteners after Christmas and I have pretty much been eating Whole30 approved meals, but I haven’t noticed any changes.  I’m hoping a strict Whole30 will give me some results.  And not just weight loss results, but more energy and better moods. The low iron and Vitamin D I’ve experienced lately really took a toll on my energy.  I’m hoping this Whole30 will bring me back to my normal self again.

So far so good after Day 1!

Day 1 Meals:
Breakfast: Baked chicken breast and sautéed zucchini
Lunch: Pan Seared Pork Chop with a side salad (dressed with my favorite dressing–Tessemae’s Zesty Ranch)
Dinner:  Braised Chicken and Mushrooms (recipe below)

My meal plan for the week is the following (Breakfast will usually consist of leftovers or sausage and veggies and Lunch will definitely be leftovers):

Day 1:
Dinner
Braised Chicken and Mushrooms (recipe below)
Day 2:
Dinner
Day 3:
Dinner
Traveling-I will have to find Whole30 eats on the road.
Day 4:
Dinner
Traveling-I will have to find Whole30 eats on the road.
Day 5:
Dinner
Apple Cider Vinegar Pork Chops with sauteed onions and zucchini
Day 6:
Dinner
Slow Cooker Herb Chicken with a side salad (dressed with my favorite dressing–Tessemae’s Zesty Ranch)
Day 7:
Dinner
Tuscan Chicken Soup
Braised Chicken and Mushrooms (Low Carb and Paleo):
6 pieces of chicken (I used 2 bone-in breasts and 4 bone-in chicken thighs)
20 cloves garlic
8 oz. whole mushrooms, trimmed and halved
1/4 cup coconut aminos
1/4 cup lemon juice
1 cup chicken stock (homemade or check ingredients)
1/2 cup green olives (optional–be sure to check the label for Whole30 approved ingredients)

Preheat the oven to 350 F.  Heat 1-2 Tbsp of oil in a Dutch oven over medium high heat.  Season the chicken with salt, pepper, and garlic powder, to taste.  Brown the chicken, skin side down for 5-6 minutes or until golden brown.  Remove the chicken and set aside.  Add the garlic and mushrooms and sauté for 5-6 minutes or until slightly tender.  Add the coconut aminos, lemon juice, and chicken stock.  Bring to a boil and add the green olives.  Add the chicken, cover, and bake for 40-45 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through.

Net Carb Count*:

Braised Chicken and Mushrooms:  30 net carbs (for the entire recipe)
 
*Note carb counts are estimated based on the products I used. Check nutrition labels for accurate carb counts and gluten information.
 Enjoy!
~Karen 
Products I used for this meal (click the image for more info or to purchase):
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